Warsaw, 15 November 2010 - NATO PARLIAMENTARIAN SUGGESTS DECLARING DETAILS OF US NUCLEAR DEPLOYMENTS IN EUROPE
NATO’s updated Strategic Concept is unlikely to significantly change its nuclear policy, but greater transparency on the deployment of US weapons could help nuclear disarmament, members of the Alliance’s Parliamentary Assembly said yesterday (Sunday 14 November).
Nuclear policy in the post-Cold War world could be improved, said the parliamentarians gathered in Warsaw for the Assembly’s 56th annual session, even if no real formal change in NATO’s posture could be expected in the short term.
Dutch parliamentarian Raymond Knops issued a “call for more transparency on US nuclear weapons in Europe” in his report on US nuclear weapons in
Presenting the report, the Dutch Christian Democrat suggested a “public declaration of the numbers, and possibly even locations, of
“I believe that this would show the willingness of the
Such a step could even “potentially encourage
It might also have an impact on nuclear policies further afield, he added, saying it was unreasonable to expect countries like
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said as recently as April that “the presence of the American nuclear weapons in
And most delegates agreed that NATO’s new Strategic Concept, due to be unveiled at the
“Those who hope that [the new text] will reflect change and movement on nuclear policy will be disappointed”, said Simon Lunn, former secretary general of the Assembly and currently associate fellow of the
“We will probably be left with a continuation of the existing arrangement,” he said, with perhaps some replacement of the deployment platforms. “There will be no dilution of NATO’s nuclear role,” he said.
Several delegates expressed concern at the continued presence of tactical nuclear weapons in
The Sub-committee’s draft report, titled US Non-Strategic Nuclear Weapons in
In addition to the possible declaration of sites, it also describes such options as reducing the number of deployed sites, or of warheads, and strengthening NATO’s non-nuclear deterrent capabilities through the missile defence project and others.